We received the following story from graduate Jen Dufault '05. Not only does her story show how important our Love-in-Action legacy is at NDA, but also how far and wide or alumnae net reaches. So often we here of alumnae forming friendships and making connections years later, but in this circumstance, alumnae Michaela Atchue '03 was there for Jen's family at an unimaginably difficult time. Thank you for sharing your story Jen. We'll be cheering for you on April 15th!
I am an NDA graduate, class of 2005, and am running the 2019 Boston Marathon to support Boston Children’s Hospital. Ever since participating in Love in Action while at NDA, I was inspired to find a way to give back in a big way. When my nephew was born this past September, he suddenly stopped breathing and was rushed to Boston Children’s to be treated for Esophageal Atresia. An NDA graduate of 2003, Michaela Atchue, who is now a nurse at Boston Children’s, helped care for Luke after his surgery at only two days old. I am inspired by the work of BCH and the amazing medical professionals like Michaela who are truly changing the lives of children and families. While Luke may continue to face challenges, we feel very blessed he had a successful surgery at 2 days old and we thank the doctors, nurses and all other BCH staff for that. I couldn’t think of a better way to give back and when I was accepted to run with Boston Children’s Marathon team I knew now was the time! I have heard some incredible stories and met some amazing people who have also been positively impacted by Boston Children’s. Please consider helping me reach my goal of $10,000 to help Boston Children’s Hospital continue world class treatment to children in need. Visit her fundraising page HERE.